This unit will provide students with hands-on experiences through a variety of activities and manipulatives.   Representing mathematical concepts with manipulatives provide visual, spatial, tactile and kinesthetic input to the learner.  Having a model to look at and move about, provides the student with the opportunity to experience math with greater participation and allows for infinite avenues of differentiation and problem-solving strategies.  Problem-solving is challenging, mind-stretching and rewarding to the student.  Math is a language that should be spoken and an art that should be seen and touched.   

     OBJECTIVES:  Students will -

    §  Discover geometric relationships.

    §  Create and identify a variety of geometric shapes

    §  Create and identify patterns

    §  Experience patterns in numbers through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

    §  Understand symmetry – mirror, reflective, rational, vertical, horizontal

    §  Use a variety of problem-solving techniques, such as, looking for patterns, guess and check, brainstorming,  logical and deductive reasoning

    §  Generate more than one solution to a problem

    §  Evaluate a solution to determine if it meets all the given criteria


    ·         The vocabulary of geometry.

    ·         The exploration of geometric shapes and patterns.

    ·         Problem-solving strategies using reasoning, deduction and the ability to draw conclusions.


                Student assessment will be based on participation, use of problem-solving strategies, vocabulary and reasoning skills.  Students’ enthusiasm, interest and understanding will be monitored.  Students will complete all activities and products with a good understanding of the concepts taught.

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